Diet for Parkinson Disease

 

In early stage of Parkinson disease no change in dietary schedue required. However one should eat diet which is rich in antioxidants

 

So what foods contain a lot of antioxidants? Fruits and vegetables -- especially the darkly colored fruits and vegetables. Some examples include leafy green vegetables (such as spinach), broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, red kidney beans, pinto beans, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, plums and apples. Tea -- especially green tea and black tea -- contains a lot of antioxidants. Red wine contains antioxidants. Dark juices like pomegranate and blueberry juices are rich in antioxidants.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids is also very essential part of diet. It is probably a good idea to add fish to your diet if you are not already eating fish on a regular basis.

 

You also need to get adequate sources of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins D and K to strengthen skin and bone. You can usually obtain these nutrients from dairy products like yogurt and milk. You need some amount of sunlight to get enough vitamin D.

 

A problem that emerges in middle stages of Parkinson's disease (and sometimes even in early stages) is absorption of levodopa medication. If you eat a diet high in protein, the protein can sometimes compete with levodopa or prevent adequate amounts of levodopa from passing from the small intestine into the bloodstream.

 

you just can’t eliminate protein from your diet. It is an essential nutrient. So what do you do? The solution is to avoid high protein intake when you take your medication but make sure you eat enough protein later, as it is essential to any healthy diet. Some people call this the protein redistribution diet. Instead of eating large amounts of protein during the day when you take your medication, you eat your protein in the evening.

 

Normally parkinson medications should be taken atleast 30mts-45 mts after food